Your trip at a glance


  • Immerse yourself in the practical aspects of wildlife veteri­nary medicine at an award-winning sanctuary, contributing to your quali­fi­ca­tions while working in a unique environ­ment.
  • Work alongside dedicated profes­sionals, including primate special­ists and experi­enced wildlife veteri­nar­ians.
  • Partic­i­pate in diagnos­tics, lab work, and proce­dures, as well as engage in day-to-day animal care activ­i­ties, such as husbandry, enrich­ment, and integra­tions.
  • Acquire knowledge in wildlife rehabil­i­ta­tion and conser­va­tion, and actively partic­i­pate in critical steps toward the animals' re-release into the wild.
  • Explore the beauty that Malawi, the 'Warm Heart of Africa', has to offer.


Lilongwe Wildreservat

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Join our Internship in Wildlife Medicine in Malawi!

Become part of a team of veterinarians and wildlife conservationists and make a meaningful impact while advancing your veterinary career.


Travel­ling to Lilongwe

Externship participants will fly into Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe. Upon arrival, the project team will greet you warmly just outside of the terminal and transport you to the wildlife centre, a short 30-minute drive from the airport. Once you have settled into your accommodation, the team on site will provide an orientation and tour of the surrounding area, including where you can find an ATM and different types of shops.


Work as an intern

During the morning clinical sessions from Tuesday to Friday, participants assist with health checks, diagnostic procedures, and treatment plans under the supervision of a veterinarian. They also take part in preventative health care, which includes sedation procedures and parasite control. In the afternoons, the focus shifts to rehabilitation sessions where participants engage in animal husbandry tasks such as cleaning, feeding, and providing enrichment activities.


They work on integrating animals into new environments and observe their behaviour to ensure proper rehabilitation. Additionally, participants must be prepared to assist with any veterinary emergencies that may arise, gaining valuable experience in critical care situations.

It is important to note that since the centre does not operate solely as a vet clinic but primarily as a wildlife sanctuary, there may not be clinical work every day. On days with no procedures, externs will engage primarily in the work listed above as afternoon tasks.


Accom­mo­da­tion at the project

The volunteer house can host up to 17 people across six bedrooms, with an additional charge for single rooms. The house features a fully equipped kitchen, a lounge area, indoor and outdoor dining spaces, two bathrooms, a laundry room, a garden and a terrace. Wi-Fi and cleaning/laundry services are provided. Situated in the heart of a nature reserve with a large forest and beautiful walking trails, you can unwind after a day's work and enjoy the soothing sounds of the forest as you explore the project grounds.


Free time and catering

Enjoy freshly prepared meals from our on-site chef every day except Sundays when the chef has a free day. However, he kindly prepares your Sunday meals ahead of time and refrigerates them for you. The vegetarian/vegan menu offers a variety of both international and local dishes.
As an extern, you'll work five to six days a week, leaving Monday and either Saturday or Sunday for leisure activities or exploration. Lilongwe city centre, with its restaurants, shops, and markets, is just a ten-minute drive away. Alternatively, there are many walking and hiking routes around.

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    1. Lilongwe Wildreservat

    Lilongwe Wildlife Reserve, located in the capital city of Malawi, Lilongwe, is a vital sanctuary for the conservation of wildlife and environmental education. Established to protect and rehabilitate injured, orphaned, and rescued wild animals, the reserve spans a diverse landscape of forests, grasslands, and wetlands. It is home to a wide range of species, including antelopes, primates, and various bird species. The reserve also plays a crucial role in community outreach and education, promoting conservation awareness among locals and visitors alike. Through guided tours and interactive programs, Lilongwe Wildlife Reserve offers a unique opportunity to learn about and contribute to wildlife conservation in Malawi.

Background on the Lilongwe Wildlife Centre

Malawi is currently experiencing a conservation revolution: in recent years, the government has passed strict laws and dismantled organised wildlife crime syndicates. Significant investment in protected areas has increased wildlife populations and the Big Five have returned to some regions. As a result, Malawi has quickly gained a reputation as an emerging leader in African conservation.

The Lilongwe Wildlife Trust was founded in 2009 when the first and so far only wildlife sanctuary in Malawi was opened. Many of the first animal residents were rescued from a neglected zoo in the bustling capital Lilongwe. Since then, the Trust has developed into one of the country's leading conservation organisations, running programmes that focus on wildlife rescue, biodiversity research, conservation, environmental education, campaigns and other conservation initiatives.


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